Proposed Competitions for 2023 Conclave

Spatial Skills Contest

  1. Each member club may enter one contestant.
  2. All necessary equipment and data will be provided by the host club.
  3. No notes, textbooks, websites, podcasts, applications, or aids of any kind may be accessed during the contest. Any effort to circumvent the rules or restrictions placed on computers will result in immediate disqualification and a score of zero (0).
  4. Participants will be positioned so that they will not be able to see another screen.
  5. The contest will consist of an applied portion using ArcGIS Pro (or Desktop Version 10.7 if the participant prefers) and a general knowledge quiz covering all aspects of GIS, GPS, and remote sensing.
  6. Answer sheets and map(s) will be provided to the judge or designee and include both the participant’s name and university. Note: a printer will be made available for materials pertaining to the mapping contest only.
  7. Participants will be given a maximum of two (2) hours to complete their work.
  8. Suggested data sources:
    1. US Forest Service Geodata Clearinghous (
    2. TIGER/Line Shapefiles for road data (
    3. North American River Width Data Set (NARWidth;
    4. National Agriculture Imaging Program
    5. Landsat Program (
  9. Material covered will consist of:
  10. Interpretation and digitization of features on a digital image (e.g., NAIP)
  11. Calculation of area in feature classes
  12. Basic mathematical operations using spatial datasets (addition, subtraction, etc.)
  13. Spatial analysis/geoprocessing applications – interpretation and tools such as buffer, clip, etc.
  14. Building spatial and attribute queries to solve a problem.
  15. The quiz, answers to applied questions, and map(s) will be scored for each participant. In the event of a tie, the best judged map will be used for a tiebreaker.

Single-Buck Crosscut Sawing

  1. Each member club may enter one contestant.
  2. Each team must provide their own cross-cut saw.
  3. The use of lubricants will be left to the discretion of the contestant. The lubrication may not be applied over the cant or once the cut has been started.
  4. Cutting material shall consist of a squared cant uniformly ten by ten (10″ x 10″) inches of a soft hardwood species. The species shall be specified to each school by January 1. The cant will be firmly secured into a cradle twenty (20″) inches from the bottom of the cant to the ground.
  5. The team which saws completely through the cant in the least time shall be declared the winner. Time shall start when the saw first moves, after it has been held motionless on or above the wood, and after the competitors have signaled they are ready to the judges. (For safety reasons, the chip start was eliminated by a majority vote of advisors December 12, 2006). Time shall end when the cut portion strikes the ground.
  6. In the event of damage to the saw, the time is continued while changes or repairs are made to the saw.
  7. Practice cants should be of the same species and condition as the contest cants.
  8. All cants should be kept green by soaking with water as soon as possible (preferably two or three days after cutting).
  9. One practice start or cut shall be allowed on the competition cant immediately before competition.
  10. Contestants must wear safety chaps during the competition (Added by SFASU, 3- 10-05, as result of approval of revised constitution with its risk management plan).